St. Louis County Library will host a panel discussion on local history with author Charlene Bry and publisher Todd Abrams at 7 p.m., Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue.
The event is free and open to the public. The featured books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Former owner and publisher of the Ladue News, Charlene Bry presents an in-depth history of Ladue, MO, “Ladue Found.” Before the $10 million homes, oak lined promenades, and private clubs, there were immigrant farmers and shacks. This documented history of Ladue tells the story of the city’s transformation from rural to regal locale and features charming characters such as a madam, bands of gypsies, and notorious residents whose names still grace the streets of what is today one of the nation’s wealthiest communities. The presentation will include a slideshow of original photographs and historic documents.
First published 100 years ago, “The History of St. Louis County” covers the period from the earliest settlers in the region up through the Civil War and into the first decade of the 20thCentury. It documents the neighborhoods, schools, churches, social societies, and local governments, providing abundant statistics and the names of thousands of individuals active in the communities. Publisher Todd Abrams will discuss how much has changed from the time St. Louis County was little more than a dozen rural communities separated by rock roads.
For more information, call the St. Louis County Library or visit its website.
“Honoring Who Came Before: American Indian Ethnobotany at the Missouri Botanical Garden” will be the name of a talk given by Karen Walker, Native American ethnobotany program manager of the William L. Brown Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 at Herbie’s Restaurant, (formerly Balaban’s), 405 North Euclid Ave. in the Central West End.
The free lecture is part of the St. Louis Science Center‘s “Science Cafe,” a dialogue with those in the know about intriguing and controversial subjects.
According to a Science Center press release: Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is a rich part of the cultural heritage of the Lakota and Dakota (Sioux) People of South and North Dakota. For generations, they have used the Prairie Bioregion’s flora and fauna for food, medicine, dyes, and building materials. The Missouri Botanical Garden is collaborating with the Crow Creek and Standing Rock Indian Reservations to promote the preservation and use of traditional ecological knowledge among their people.
Seating is limited. Beverages and food will be available for purchase before and after the speaker’s presentation.
A Ranger will discuss St. Louis and the Civil War at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
The Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial which includes the Gateway Arch.
Author Karen Hoffman discusses how to barter tonight at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library, 2750 Hwy K, O’Fallon.
Hoffman, with writer Shera Dalin, has written “The Art of Barter, a guide on how to barter.
According to the library’s website, the book offers step-by-step instructions in:
- Determining your “tradable” skills
- Initiating a trade
- Figuring out a fair exchange
- Closing a deal
- Incorporating barter into everyday life
Books will be available for purchase from Main Street Books.